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Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet
  • Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet - Matte Hi-Viz Yellow/Black
  • Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet - Matte Hi-Viz Yellow/Black
  • Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet - Matte Hi-Viz Yellow/Black
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Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet

Combining visibility and style, the Shoei RF 1200 Beacon Helmet is like a light out of the darkness. The pinnacle of perfection, the RF-1200 has been designed, from its inception, to be an industry leader in comfort, performance and protection. The wind tunnel tested shell has been optimized to provide a compact and aerodynamic shape, reducing wind-noise, buffeting and weight. Shoei has not only designed the RF-1200 to be one of the most comfortable helmets on the market, but also one of the safest, meeting both DOT and SNELL M2010 safety standards.

Whether you are a track day enthusiast or cross-country cruiser, the RF-1200 will allow you to ride with confidence, freeing you to concentrate on the road and most importantly....enjoy the ride.

Slim And Light Weight Design

One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know it’s there protecting your head. Shoei has reduced the weight of the RF-1200 by using a slimmer design and building a distinct line into the side of the helmet that also serves as an accent. As a result, the new Shoei RF-1200 is lighter than any other Snell certified helmet in the current Shoei lineup.

Shell Construction

The new slim design of the Shoei RF-1200, with its distinct accent cut line, widens the bottom of the helmet to help ease the process of putting the helmet on or taking it off. Further advancing the comfort of the AIM+ shell is the industry leading four shell sizes that the Shoei RF-1200 comes in. The impact-absorbing dual liner consists of two layers incorporating different densities, helping to effectively balance the potential impact applied to the more rigid shell.


Through advancements in the aerodynamic shape, improved interior linings and a new and improved shield system the rider will experience a very quiet and comfortable riding experience. The interior of the RF-1200 has achieved a balance of a comfortably soft fit and a firm, stable hold. The new design of the cheek pads also improves the motion of the neck, thus helping the rider to check traffic behind him/her for example.

Shield System

The new CWR-1 Pinlock shield features ribs on top and bottom of the shield to improve rigidity and eliminate bending of the shield caused by wind pressure or the opening and closing of the shield. Independent beading in the top and sides of the helmet help to keep the seal of the shield tight and eliminate any excess air. In addition to the CWR-1 shield, Shoei has developed a new base plate for the RF-1200. The Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate is spring-loaded and pulls the shield back onto the helmet, sealing it tightly against wind and rain. The addition of a new five-stage rotating dial allows for fine tuning of the base place for easy shield adjustments.


A large lower three position vent, three upper air vent intakes and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents combine with the Dual Density EPS liner to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS liner.


  • Four shell sizes
  • Dual density EPS liner
  • Superior ventilation
  • 3D Max-Dry System II Liner
  • E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) CWR-1 Shield System
  • Neatly secure chin strap
  • Includes Pinlock pins and lens insert
  • Includes breath guard and chin curtain
  • Snell M2010 and DOT Certified

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, the RF-1200 Beacon and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Shoei RF-1200 Beacon Helmet 4.8 5 42 42
Great Helmet but lousy fit for speakers Love the helmet overall but if you use speaker as we use the smh10's forget about getting the ear pad tabs back in to cover the speakers. Why they would make speaker cut outs so shallow is beyond me. Make the four tabs a bit longer so they can slide in so the speakers can be covered with the ear pads. I had to tear off some of the back foam circle on the ear pad and even then I'm not sure how well it will hold up. Would have given 5 stars if speakers fit. July 21, 2015
Great helmet I had an X12 that to me was extremely noisy, it may have been the fit or just me. I read reviews of the RF-1200 and bought one. The first ride with the helmet I knew I had a winner, I couldn't get over how much quieter and lighter it was than my X12. I had a friend try the helmet out and they bought one of their own. I don't have a problem recommending this helmet. July 20, 2015
Awesome Helmet Way better than the RPHA 10 which is in my opinion is a great helmet. The rf-1200 feels so much better and I feel a lot safer in it for some reason. I had no fog issues with this helmet at all and that is without the p-lock system. Video and pictures just can’t do this helmet justice. The red does not seem to come out correct in either. The red just pops in real life. I love this helmet. This is defiantly one of the best looking high vis helmets out there. You can still look badass and be seen. Very much recommend. As always thank you Zilla for the free shipping, no sales tax and the Zilla cash I can use towards my next purchase. I saved $45.00 in sales tax and got $25.00 in Zilla cash. You guys rock. July 8, 2015
Great helmet With Shoei products you know you're buying quality, and this is none less than that. You won't double guess yourself after wearing this helmet for a few rides. June 30, 2015
My favorite helmet so far I picked this up to replace my old Scorpion Exo-700. I can compare this to Scorpion, and an older HJC. FIT - is good...but I had to buy a different set of cheekpads. The checkpads that come with my size were way too tight and they pushed my jaw open. It was very uncomfortable. I purchased the next size down(31mm vs 35mm), and its perfect! NOISE LEVEL - This is hard to say because I always wear ear plugs...and I have a loud bike (panigale), but saying that, I immediately notice when I've gotten on the bike w/o ear plugs...I guess this would mean the helmet is not very good at masking noise. However, none of the noise is from the helmet itself. There's absolutely no wind noise generated form the helmet. WEIGHT - It's a not a heavy helmst, but definitely not light either. I think the likes of AGV's corsa line is ligher...there's probably plenty that are light...but plenty that are heavier. This helmet is not heavy enough to bother or notice though...If I had no other helmets to compare, i'd think it was as light as they come... SHAPE - the shape is fine...again, besides the cheek pads..i have no pressure points of issue with how it fits my head VISION - The lateral vision is as good as it gets. I never feel like I have blinders on. The nose guard doesn't get in the way either, the shields and pinlocks don't hinder vision either. However, the top vertical vision could be better. when I get in a deep tuck, I notice that my vision begins to be cut off by the top of the helmet...limiting how low I can put my head. This again, is where helmets like the AGV Corsa advertise how much extra are they've made in the helmet for vision. It's not a deal breaker...just something to know AIRFLOW - The airflow is good. The in the front do a good job of keeping my glasses and shield fog free. I don't feel too much airflow across the top of my head, and most just at the points where it comes in. This bring up my first niggle with this helmet...there's no indicators on the helmet as to which direction to move the vents to open them...The front vents of course I can see, but the rear exit vents...I have no idea if they're open or not. The helmet comes with a chin vent, which is awesome!! glad they didn't make you buy one separately. I'm not sure if it's the chin vent or the front brow vents...but I always seem to get dust in my eyes...so either the chin curtain fabric is just too porous, or the brow vents need some kind of channeling for catching debris... FEATURES - the one thing I really wanted in a helmet this go round, was a high neck, and speakers... The RF brings 1.5 of these...I get the high neck which is great for tucking and not being pushed against the back of my neck or jacket. And it has speaker cut outs...The shield is easy to get on and off as well... May 28, 2015
Great helmet! I came from a Scorpion kevlar to this helmet and wow is there a difference! This helmet has much less drag and much better wind tunneling effect! Looking to each side when moving lanes on the highway with minimal wind felt. Noise is much more quiet but at high speeds you still here a decent amount of breeze. I wish it came in high gloss! May 24, 2015
OrangeRed blaze I bought this helmet to replace my RF-1200 because the bold stripes are visually striking. The pictures don't do it justice in that in moderate-bright light, the red is more of a orange-red-blaze. This creates great visibility and actual road safety while looking intimidating. However, within a week I saw 4 other riders with the same helmet! If you're looking to be unique, don't buy the ZLA choice, but if you don't care, then this is a great color scheme. The RF-1200 is a great helmet and saved my noggin from a run in with the ground. Quiet and smooth on the freeway, 10/10 would buy again. Not cheap, but protecting your brain is #1 when it comes to being a human. May 18, 2015
Shoei helmets are excellent I prefer Shoei helmets. They fit a more round head like mine, and they are always comfortable and wear well. The pin lock visor has great visibility, and stays clear even in cold weather (with the chin curtain removed). Plus, the styling on this helmet is great! The helmet reminds me of Darth Maul every time I look at it. April 6, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Philip G: Because it is an awesome helmet!!! Jul 5, 2015
D O: Research and reviews. Jul 5, 2015
Herdie H: change old helmet May 23, 2015
Mansel G: I like the fit and the color scheme really looks great. Plus, I like the ventilation features on this helmet. The vents are easy to open and close on the move. The face shield also has a good solid feel and movement. May 19, 2015
J E: I wanted the best. And after a lot of research this is what I came to. May 16, 2015
Patrick R: I chose this for the Shoei quality and the hi-viz pattern. May 14, 2015
Ethan S: Only Shoei RF-1200 high-viz option. May 9, 2015
Mark S: Love Shoei helmets, tired one in store, very light and compact, feels great while wearing. May 4, 2015
helene b: because some friends have this helmet Apr 24, 2015
Joshua A: A helmet with a great reputation. Apr 20, 2015
John N: Recommended by a trusted fried and very experienced rider. Mar 18, 2015
A Q: I love Shoei. I have been eyeing this helmet (black and red beacon) for sometime. Reviews are awesome and price is great :) Feb 1, 2015
Peter M: Cause it looks amazing and I loved the rf1100. Jan 3, 2015
Travis K: I needed a quiet, premium helmet as an upgrade. Based on reviews and design, this was the best fit for me. Nov 11, 2014
Chelsey M: Was crossed between a shoei and the Icon ghost carbon just for the look, in the end the shoei had more features than just looks and will most likely be more comfortable. Oct 24, 2014
David F: The quality of Shoei cannot be beat, and the RF-1200 is hands down the best bang for your buck, add some killer graphics like the beacon(DARTH MAUL SITH LORD) and you have yourself a winner. The RF-1200 offers quite a few badass graphics, and it was a tough decision between this one and phantasm, but the red and black went better with my color scheme or red white and black so this won, but I'd be happy with either one. Thank you Anthony for the great videos. Truly helped me make the decision Oct 21, 2014
L A: Amazing in all categories! Great ventilation, low wind noise, very light, very reflective in both day and night, and also super cool! Comes with pin lock which helps greatly in humidity. Shield is easy to remove, chin strap easy to operate and feels very secure, and is overall comfortable. Great that it is DOT and SNELL certified and comes with emergency release, great features for the price. Highly recommended!!!! Oct 8, 2014
David L: Hi-Vis yellow that also matches my black leathers. Aug 5, 2014
RC L: To replace my Shoei RF-1100 Jul 28, 2014
John Z: Matches my bike and more importantly seems to be the safest and overall the best helmet for the money Jul 20, 2014
Brian M: I've owned Shoei helmets and I'm looking forward to the upgrade from my RF10000. Your price and quick shipping is just the icing on the cake. Jul 17, 2014
Ty D: I wanted an arai because I love their history of safety and i like the plush interior. But I couldn't find an arai that properly and comfortably fit my head. I tried schuberth and shoei. Shoei had the best feel. Shoei simply fit my head the best. I got the hi viz yellow because I'm new to riding and I want to be as safe and visible as I can be. Shoei has great reviews and is usually mentioned right along with arai when discussing premium helmets. I hope I made I good choice. Jul 11, 2014
LOUIS D: It was time for a new helmet. I have worn a Shoei RF 900 for many years and this helmet has great air flow and is light weight. The inside of helmet separates easily and has pre cut aways for my speakers. I am sure I will be using this helmet for the next 10 years or so. Jun 15, 2014
Jane H: Best helmet I've owned. Extremely light, ventilation is spectacular! Apr 24, 2014
Nathaneal M: looks dope (and safe) Apr 23, 2014
Sabrina Q: I bought this helmet for my husband. I think It will look great with is Black and Red Honda CBR 1000rr. He has never had a high quality helmet and I want piece of mind knowing that his head is as safe as it can be. Plus the design just looks awesome. Apr 8, 2014
fred b: Past time to replace my older Shoei helmet which is too loud on the latest bike (Ducati ST4). Great reviews, versatile design suited to both the Ducati and my R1100RT. Matches the dayglow/black Kilimanjaro jacket I bought here last fall. Apr 3, 2014
L Y: New design for Shoei. I thought about fitment, the size of the shield and the way it fits. The RF-1200 is a little louder than the RF-1100. I do like the recessed areas to place my speakers for my bluetooth though. Apr 3, 2014
A s: Top quality product. Sexy Mar 25, 2014
Alfonso T: I've Been a long time fan of the RF series. Ive owned Both the RF1000 and RF1100. The RF-1200 seemed to be a no brainer as the helmets are light, great ventilation, loaded with features, and great Visibility. I got the RF1200 because its a rock solid helmet. I got the Beacon because it's BAD ASS!!! Mar 2, 2014
Alastair D: Shoei reputation, fit and graphics Feb 28, 2014
L Y: The helmet will stand out against my green bike and yellow jacket. Jan 18, 2014
Kevin H: Hi viz, light, good fit Jan 12, 2014
Mike Z: Great helmet. comfortable quiet and a small outside shell. I like the noticeable graphics. Dec 16, 2013
Clay R: Fit and reputation of Shoei. Dec 2, 2013
Daniel R: After checking out all the available options this seemed like the choice to make. Great features built upon the old yet trusted Shoei RF-1100. Also love the SNELL certification and emergency cheek pad removals. Great to be prepared for the worst but hope for the best. Nov 4, 2013
John D: I liked this helmet, but it did not fit well and found the GT Air with a sun shield, so I exchanged it for one of those. Oct 27, 2013
A shopper asked: My head is 23", right between a medium and large. Anyone with this size head? Which way did you go and how is it working? Thank you

Mar 6, 2014
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"" ": Hey Don,
I measured right around 23 inches as well and went with a Medium. I'm actually lucky enough to work close to Revzilla, so I tried on a ton of helmets until I chose this one. The guys that work there are unbelievably knowledgable and they said most people ride with helmets too large for their heads. Funny thing is I've had four Shoei race helmets in my life and all of them were Larges. Switching to the Medium made me realize how much better they work when they seal off against your face and ears, much quieter when they fit as well. BTW- You're going to love the pinlock shield.
Mar 6, 2014
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Kevin H: I went the size smaller, but have not used it on the road yet....bit cold right now in Michigan. I did wear it around the house for more than a couple of hours though. Seems like it will be fine.

Renting a bike in Las Vegas next week, so the true test will be then, wearing it all day
Mar 6, 2014
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Clay R: I was just at the top of a medium size. I ordered the medium and it was too small. Rev exchanged it for a large and it fit much better. It was pretty snug early, but it's breaking in nicely. Mar 7, 2014
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Mike Z: Get the medium. a tad tight, but will loosen up. best to have a tight helmet. It is a great helmet. Check out sizing by Jay Leno on you tube. Much better to have tight than loose. Mar 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: How does this helmet work if you wear glasses? Jun 28, 2015
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A shopper asked: Is the yellow Beacon more visible than the solid "Brilliant Yellow" RF-1200? Jun 12, 2015
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"" ": I had similar questions when I was looking into these helmets. I'm fortunate enough to live close to the RevZilla showroom, so I was able to see these up close prior to purchasing one. The real difference is nearly impossible to see in pictures or artificail lights, but as soon as you see them in person you can tell that Hi-Viz is completely different than bright or brilliant yellow. The sales guy even took a couple outside for me to see in direct sun light. Side by side the differences are significant. I'm not exactly a fan of the graphic design on my beacon, but I will say the Hi-Viz makes people take a second look before pulling out on me. Jun 15, 2015
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Miguel C: Thank you so much. This is exactly what I wanted to know. Jun 18, 2015
Patrick R: The Beacon hi-viz blazes in comparison to the solid yellow. Think Looking at the sun versus looking at a school bus. Go for the beacon if you want hi-viz. Jun 21, 2015
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Todd F: Yes. Jun 12, 2015
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Nicholas A: I would assume the Brilliant yellow is more visible Jun 12, 2015
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Charles Y asked: The matte finish looks great but how durable is it compared to a glossy finish? Does it get scuffs/scratches easier? Jan 4, 2015
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Jakob M: I'd have to say it's extremely durable. I've never had a glossy black, but it's awesome. This is a "buy the right size and cheek pads and don't worry about anything else" type of helmet. Everything about this helmet is awesome.
Super comfy!
Jan 5, 2015
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Nicholas A: Very durable however I am extremely cautious with my helmet. Very careful not to drop or scratch it. The finish does not scratch as easily as a glossy helmet.
Jan 4, 2015
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Mike Z: Soap and water wash. I have not had a scratch yet in 16,000 miles. A very nice helmet and the high visibility helps. Jan 4, 2015
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James M: I have the red and black. It has held up pretty good over the last year. Jan 4, 2015
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A shopper asked: I really like the look of the red rf-1200 beacon. I wanted to know what is the true color of the red. Is it more like the picture or the video? Oct 31, 2013
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Michael G: I was also unsure about the color so I scoped it out at a local shop. In person it looks more orange than I expected, especially when compared to the reds used in other helmets. It looks cool but I'm probably going to end up going with something that better matches the rest of my gear. Nov 5, 2013
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David F: Hi-vis red is the best way to describe it. Matches all the reds in my Alpinestars gear. Oct 31, 2014
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Mike Z: Real bright red. Neon. Dec 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi! I measured my head and I'm a 22cm. My question: small or medium with this helmet? Thx! Nov 24, 2014
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Pat H: You must mean 22 inches. I'm 21 3/4" and the small fits me fine. Nov 24, 2014
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Jason A: My bad, I mean't to say 22 inches. Sorry for the confusion. Nov 24, 2014
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Justin C asked: Will there be a chrome visor made for this helmet. If so, when will it be released? Jan 27, 2014
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Mike Z: yes it is available. Mar 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: With the cut out on the sides is it possible to fit the send send smh10 mount between the shell and the EPS?
Thanks stew
Nov 29, 2013
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Nicholas A: Sorry for the delay question went into junk email. I actually just bought the SMH 10R and will be installing today. On previous Shoei helmets I installed Cardo systems with no problem. I am assuming that even with the cutouts this will not be a problem.


Sorry for the delayed response
Dec 10, 2013
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Mike Z: I do not know if that will fit. The earpieces are easily removable but I do not know what brands, products will snap in. Dec 9, 2013
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John P asked: Does the RF-1200 have a drop-down sun shade? Oct 21, 2013
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Mike Z: No. Dec 9, 2013
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Alex W: no. Oct 28, 2013
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Shoei Helmets

Size Hat Size Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 1/8 - 20 1/2
XS 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
LG 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 7 7/8 - 8 24 3/4 - 25 1/4
3XL 8 1/8 - 8 1/4 25 5/8 - 26

RF-1100 / X-12 Shell Size Breakdown

Helmet Size Shell EPS Liner
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM

X-12 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 optional
41 optional

RF1200 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS
43 optional

RF1100 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 3XL
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

GT-Air Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS

Qwest Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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